Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the lack of fans at games has hit Manchester United the hardest of any team.
Manchester United are second in both the current Premier League table and a table of results since the global pandemic forced the pause of football last March, with stadiums still yet to return to full capacity.
Outside of the FA Cup final and a brief period where certain clubs were permitted a couple of thousand supporters at games, fans have not been allowed for over a year.
Solskjaer believes their absence has been most keenly felt by his players based on the fact they have earned more points away (40) than at home (30) this season.
“I think we have been the team that have missed our fans the most,” he told Sky Sports.
“Books will be written about this pandemic and they will show all the stats. It will be interesting to read it. But we already have a sense of how much fans have been missed by how the results have been skewed. It is unheard of to have more wins away than at home.
“When you have 76,000 at Old Trafford, it is an absolutely magical place and when you play well that adrenaline, enthusiasm and excitement, that extra bit that they give you, they suck the ball in at the Stretford End. So many times we have had help from the fans.
“Of course, 10,000 is not 76,000 but it is still a large number cheering us on and it will help a lot.”
Manchester United actually rank fourth for highest percentage of points won away in 2020/21, with their 57% behind Leicester (58%), Fulham (63%) and Everton (66%).
Arsenal (55%), Aston Villa (55%), Burnley (54%), Manchester City (54%), Chelsea (53%) and Liverpool (52%) are not far off Manchester United’s tally either as 12 Premier League teams have fared better in terms of away points in comparison to their home hauls.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester, Leeds, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton, Brighton, Burnley and Fulham have all won more matches away, with Everton’s difference of five victories at Goodison Park to 11 elsewhere quite comfortably the biggest.
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